Minis­eries: Pa­trick Mel­rose

ABC, 9.20pm

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Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch is pre­dictably out­stand­ing as the ti­tle char­ac­ter in this Bri­tish drama. The fifth and fi­nal episode airs tonight, and if you haven’t been fol­low­ing along, do your­self a favour and catch up – the en­tire se­ries is avail­able on ABC iview. Al­ready bat­tling a near-crip­pling al­co­hol ad­dic­tion and the demise of his mar­riage and sep­a­ra­tion from his chil­dren, Mel­rose now has to deal with the death of his mother (a grossly overqual­i­fied Jen­nifer Ja­son Leigh) and the com­pli­cated feel­ings that come with that. Aussie Hugo Weav­ing also ap­pears in flash­backs as Mel­rose’s de­spi­ca­ble fa­ther.

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